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In bold are your exact words, implying that someone is preventing you from using a block to mount her.

And of course it's going to cause problems with her back! Think of the mechanics of it. She's 800lbs. You're 160lbs. All that weight pulling to one side as you mount is going to cause issues.

Go back and watch the way you mount. Then watch someone like Chris Cox or Clinton Anderson mount from the ground. Just keep watching it until you see the difference.
The difference I see between CA getting on a horse from the ground and me (even my trainer would fall into CA category since she does it well) is that they get on a lot quicker and basically as soon as their foot is in the stirrup, they use the strength of that one leg to spring themselves up. So its smooth and seamless.
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The strength is coming from their leg planted on the ground. Basically, they're vaulting into the saddle with one foot already in the stirrup, then once they get to the apex of the swing, they bring their leg over and settle gently into the saddle. Until you can do EXACTLY that, use a mounting block. I bet you'll find that Fly moves around a lot less, too. Right now, she's anticipating the pull to the side and the sudden weight on her back, which is making her fidget.
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The strength is coming from their leg planted on the ground. Basically, they're vaulting into the saddle with one foot already in the stirrup, then once they get to the apex of the swing, they bring their leg over and settle gently into the saddle. Until you can do EXACTLY that, use a mounting block. I bet you'll find that Fly moves around a lot less, too. Right now, she's anticipating the pull to the side and the sudden weight on her back, which is making her fidget.
So theyre pushing off with their leg that is on the ground? I never would have thought that is even possible. So they basically push off with the ground leg, then transfer it over to the one already in the stirrup?

So imm guessing this doesnt put as much pull on the horse because by the time you pur weight on your foot already in the stirrup, your body is already well into the air?

Any excersizes that you know of where I can practice this?
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Thanks.

Im going to buy a portable mounting block today when I head out for the boots. The one at the barn stays put in that one spot and I would like to have my own so I can bring it with me anywhere to when i want to get on Fly.

The second link you posted. You dont think that article is being a bit over the top no?
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So theyre pushing off with their leg that is on the ground? I never would have thought that is even possible. So they basically push off with the ground leg, then transfer it over to the one already in the stirrup?

So imm guessing this doesnt put as much pull on the horse because by the time you pur weight on your foot already in the stirrup, your body is already well into the air?

Any excersizes that you know of where I can practice this?
Exactly. That's why you'll see some English riders mounting really tall horses take a few bounces on their planted foot, to gain momentum to hop up.

And I have no idea of exercises because I have always sucked at mounting from the ground, so never do it. I don't have the strength in my knees and it's just MUCH more easy to mount from a block or a step or a log or basically anything else.
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Exactly. That's why you'll see some English riders mounting really tall horses take a few bounces on their planted foot, to gain momentum to hop up.

And I have no idea of exercises because I have always sucked at mounting from the ground, so never do it. I don't have the strength in my knees and it's just MUCH more easy to mount from a block or a step or a log or basically anything else.
Thanks. So let me ask this. Why is mounting on the ground so popular in shows and clinics? Ive never once seen anyone use a block. Do riders feel that mounting from the ground takes skill? Im just curious.

If you mount properly like CA does, does it save the extra strain on a horses back? Or does mounting from the ground put strain on a horses back no matter how well you do it?

If I can find some way to practice this (My only guess right now is to use stairs), I bet I could get pretty good at it.
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I always jump 3 times on my ground leg before I mount from the ground. I rarely mount from the ground, though, being old and short.

You could walk up 2 steps at a time, step up on a sturdy chair, or buy a fitness step and a double set of risers.

May I ask.....have you lived an extremely sheltered life?
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Just mount from the block. There is a jump from the ground, you want to avoid pulling on the saddle as much as possible. Gosh, as a kid, my 4h leader wanted me to mount without a girth. I could do it as a teenager, but I can't "quite" now. But I always try to keep the idea as my general goal of mounting as light as possible.

Here is a blog and video that Stacy Westfall did on the general idea. But she really recommends to use a mounting block if you are applying torque to your horses back.


Video: Mount horse without girth for educational purposes; proper mounting technique. | Westfall Horsemanship
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